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Hirvonen really close to victory

13 June 2009 / 13:06:46  GRReporter
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Ivan Kolev

Special GRReporter correspondent

With the end of the second day of the competition, and with the major competitors dropping out, Miko Hervonian is really close to victory.

“A lot of things happened today”, says the Finnish pilot after the contest, “but I believe that, with smart driving, with no mistakes ad no problems, avoiding risks, I am able to win tomorrow. I am the only one that hasn’t faced a problem by now.”

The tough macadam paving pushed away from the contest the Norwegian Peter Solberg as well, who crashed quite seriously which for him was the end of this-year Rally Acropolis.

Bringing a pleasant surprise in the contest, Evgeni Novikov was the fastest in the two special “Gymno”-rounds.

In the overall ranking, Miko Hirvonen is at the top (3:07:33.0), 1:40.01 away from Sebastian Ozer (3:09:13.1).

Iari-Mati Latvala – Antila Mika (3:10:17.2) managed to reach third position in the ranking.

The Greek pilot of greatest performance is Lambros Atanasoulis, on position 15, with 20:55.7 cumulative time, (3:18:46.4), and 10th position in the overall ranking.

This is what some pilots shared, entering the service park:

11 Peter Solberg- Fill Mils- The vehicle slid and hit a rock. The clash destroyed the whole front part f the car. Unfortunately, I am not sure if we will be able to fix that for tomorrow.”

4 Iari-Mati Latvala- Atila Mika- “Today was a surprisingly hard day. This is an extremely hard rally. A lot of the pilots were not lucky today, but this is Rally Acropolis.”

5 Mathew Wilson- Martin Scot- “This was truly a very difficult round.”

9 Federico Vilagra- Hose Diaz- “Extremely tough round.”

12- Sebastian Ogier- Julian Ingrasia- “Today was a very harsh, but fortunate for us, day.”

7 Evgeni Novikov- Dail Moskat- “Everything went right, despite the difficulties. It was really hard, but we were lucky.”

Rally Acropolis overall ranking after the second day:

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